Coastal Road Project: BMC likely to use 'eco-friendly' concrete
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC has announced that it may use eco-friendly concrete for the construction of the ambitious Coastal Road Project. It is said that this method will be used particularly in areas that have marine life. This eco-friendly concrete is a mixture that uses less cement and thus is less harmful to the environment around it, especially during construction.
The authorities have said that talks for this new form of concrete is currently in its early stages and will be initiated as a pilot program.
This project includes a 6.8 KM sea tunnel from near the Princess Street flyover to Priyadarshini Park. The road is eventually expected to connect Marine Drive to the southern tip of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
Construction deadline is set for December 2022 and work originally began on this project in October 2018. The entire road will span 9.9 KM and is expected to make two crucial parts of the city accessible in significantly lesser time. Authorities have stressed on the need to make sure the road construction doesn't prove harmful to the local citizens or the ecology in the area.
A Supreme Court order from December 2019 allowed the work on this road to begin after the Bombay High Court put a stay on the work on the basis of having no clearances from wildlife or environmental agencies. In its order, the Supreme Court also asked the authorities to construct a public garden as well as a waterpark on both sides of the proposed road until further orders.
In July last year, a 12-year old boy drowned in a pit setup for the Coastal Road Project near the Worli Sea Face leading to outrage among the citizens. The child reportedly fell into the pit and although he was lifted up and taken to the hospital, the doctors were unable to resuscitate him. This was preceded by a 2-year old child going missing after falling into BMC's open gutter in Malad.